Lewis Carroll's muse
As one of the most significant sites in the city, Ripon Cathedral has been welcoming worshippers and pilgrims for over 1,300 years. Step inside this majestic building and discover the ancient Saxon crypt and mediaeval woodcarvings and see with your own eyes what so inspired the famous author of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
Historic houses and literary inspirations
If beautiful buildings and literary connections spark your imagination, then a visit to Norton Conyers is not to be missed. Whilst you admire this 14th Century house with its Tudor, Stuart and Georgian additions, keep in mind the 'mad woman in the attic', as Charlotte Brontë included the now infamous mad Mrs Rochester in her novel Jane Eyre after staying here in 1839.
Garden for all seasons
Less turbulent but equally impressive is Newby Hall & Gardens. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the hall is home to Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. But it's the award winning gardens that will steal your heart. We challenge you not to be enchanted by the secrets hiding in Sylvia's Garden, Tropical Garden and Olive Walk.
Three Great Museums, One Great Day Out! Ripon's three museums follow a common theme of law and order and are based in the original workhouse, prison and courthouse buildings. These are all within walking distance around Ripon’s city centre.